Chris Osgood Costs the Detroit Red Wings Two Points in Loss to Calgary Flames

Adam GreuelSenior Analyst IMarch 24, 2009

DETROIT - MARCH 12:  Dion Phaneuf #3 of the Calgary Flames skates with the puck against Henrik Zetterberg #40 of the Detroit Red Wings during the game on March 12, 2009 at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Why am I not surprised? Just as it seemed that Chris Osgood was turning the corner on his atrocious season, he puts in a performance like this.

Overall, Osgood stopped just 11 of 14 shots and was pulled just 25 minutes into the game, immediately after the third goal was scored. Most importantly however, is he cost the Wings two important points in the standings.

Dion Phaneuf started it off with a harmless-looking snapshot from just inside the blue line halfway through the first period. Osgood showed poor positioning on the goal and his bad angle caused the puck to go by him glove side.

Jamie Lundmark then managed to start off the second period with a bang, as he managed to bank a weak one in off of Osgood from behind the net. Cammalleri then put the Flames up by three with his third point of the game and 36th goal of the season—another goal that was banked in off of Osgood.

Ty Conklin came in to relieve Osgood immediately following Cammalleri's goal. Pavel Datsyuk managed to give Detroit some life with time winding down in the second period as he managed to score top shelf from a bad angle.

The game seemed all but lost when Curtis Glencross slid the puck through Conklin's five-hole early in the third period, giving Calgary their three goal lead back. However, the Wings would make it interesting.

Johan Franzen started off the near comeback with a nice little toe drag goal that went in off of the post, giving Franzen his 31st goal. Jiri Hudler then shortened Calgary's lead to one with a very nice move around Dion Phaneuf.

Unfortunately, Detroit would fall short on their comeback as a few missed opportunies cost them later on. Craig Conroy ended Detroit's hope of a comeback when he slid the puck into the yawning cage with 30 seconds left.

Adam's thoughts and rants

The road penalty kill looked a lot better then usual as we were able to get the puck out quite well. The Flames were able to score a goal on one of their four opportunities, but that was more Osgood's fault than any other player on the ice.

Which brings me to my next point; Chris Osgood was unbelievably bad. He seemed to have turned a corner after his ten-day break, but this awful game definitely set him back. Two goals were banked in off of him and the other went in because he wasn't playing the correct angle.

Brad Stuart was once again our worst defense men. He was a minus three tonight, the only other defenseman who was even a minus was Jonathan Ericsson, who played pretty good tonight. Nicklas Lidstrom played his usual good game and Brian Rafalski also looked very solid out there.

For the forwards, Kirk Maltby and Kris Draper had one of the best games they had all year and Marian Hossa was all over the ice. Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk were also all over the ice as usual.